|Can God countenance evil?|
One of the basic foundations of Christianity is that you need to accept Jesus in order to have your sins cleansed. Think of yourself as dirty laundry and Jesus’ blood as the detergent.
The reason for this needed cleansing is that God supposedly can’t countenance evil. He, of course, is supposed to be just, and anything He heaps upon you in the hereafter is justly deserved. But the whole point is that God can’t countenance evil (sin) and therefore, humanity needs Jesus’ sacrifice to wash our sins clean. Thus you have the saying ‘born again’.
However, using verses directly from the bible, I’m going to show you that none of these premises hold true, even if you take it just from a biblical perspective.
So here’s the basic premises I’ll show to be false:
- God can’t countenance evil
- You need the sacrifice of Jesus to wash away your sins, because God can’t countenance evil (sin)
So we’ll start with the first premise. Our first stop is Isaiah 45:7, which reads:
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.
Not only can God countenance evil, He clearly states in the bible that He created evil. If a being can’t countenance (or stand the sight of) something, surely He wouldn’t create it in the first place…would He?
But we can also find in the bible another verse, where God admits that He thinks evil thoughts.
Exodus 32:14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
Not only does God think evil thoughts, but He repents of them as well. Hell, this God sounds more Christian and more human by the second.
I think the first premise has been blown out of the water using the bible. God can countenance evil. He created evil, and God himself can have evil thoughts and repent. This would make Him fallible, but for the purpose of this article, let’s leave that piece of logic alone.
Without the first premise being met, the second one becomes obsolete. If God can indeed countenance evil, then He would no longer require the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, making his role redundant. The entire cornerstone of Christianity (the crucifixion of Jesus) is no longer needed, and the entire structure falls to the ground.
In fact, God even says in the bible that he is capable of forgiving without the need of a human (God) sacrifice:
“For I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger forever.” (Jeremiah 3:12)
This verse would put the idea of hell into serious question, which is what you’re trying to avoid by accepting the human sacrifice of Jesus. You would need to ‘keep anger forever’ to burn someone for eternity. God in this passage is saying that He does not keep His anger forever, and is merciful, which implies He is forgiving, without the need for a human scapegoat to achieve that mercy.
It seems obvious to me that this is man-made. It’s full of contradictions and even using the bible, you can easily see that God can countenance evil, making the sacrifice of Jesus redundant.